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    Picture: Reuters/Fred Prouser by Anne Summers If you thought the shenanigans at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland were the weirdest thing happening in America this week, you would be wrong. Mind-boggling and frightening as it is, the Trump circus is almost being outplayed by a high-powered drama that will have equally potent ramifications for conservative politics in the US. … Read More

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    The last frontier for women in power is finally in sight Date July 9, 2016 by Anne Summers Consider this: within six months, by the end of January when the next US president is sworn in, it is highly likely that three of the world’s top five economies will be run by women, at a time when women also head … Read More

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    By Anne Summers Illustration by Simon Bosch Is it coincidence or is it causal? Is there a correlation between the number of women holding seats, or likely to win one next Saturday, and that federal parliamentary party’s policy on women? Can we see a connection between numbers of women and quality of policy? At first glance, it would seem so. … Read More

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    Illustration: Simon Bosch   By Anne Summers Making history as the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major US political party will probably turn out to be the easiest part of Hillary Clinton’s gruelling trek to the White House. She has to figure out how to campaign against the erratic and irascible Donald Trump without resorting to … Read More

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    By Anne Summers   Illustration: Simon Bosch Spoiler alert: this is a very inner-Sydney story. Who would have thought that an electoral redistribution could cause such existential angst? Location, location, location might be the first rule of real estate but surely it’s immaterial when it comes to casting your federal vote? Not in Paddington, apparently. And, as a result, some Potts … Read More

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    By Anne Summers          Illustration by Simon Bosch You’d think it would be bleedingly obvious that if 87 per cent of the population agreed with a proposition, then our members of parliament would dutifully and faithfully reflect that view when it came to voting on legislation. We are, after all, in the middle of an election, which … Read More

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    by Anne Summers      Illustration by Simon Bosch   Have we seriously become the kind of country that is willing to pay for a $300 a week tax deduction to help a one-year-old baby own a property but we are not willing to stump up anything like that sort of money to allow kids to have high-quality childcare? You … Read More

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    By Anne Summers       Illustration by Simon Bosch It was dispiriting, to put it mildly, to hear the views on domestic violence expressed by audience and panel members on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night. The questions, and many of the responses, exhibited such woeful, and possibly wilful, ignorance about the crime of domestic violence that I … Read More

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    By Anne Summers           Illustration by Simon Bosch   As the rest of the world looks on in disbelief and growing fear that the next leader of the free world could be either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, Americans are taking a second look at the man who is currently in the White House. Barack Obama’s … Read More

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    by Anne Summers      Illustration by Dionne Gain The repercussions of the deals done to push through Senate voting reforms are yet to be felt. It was in another Senate, oceans away and more than two thousand years ago that the brutal assassination of a political leader by his Senate colleagues occurred on the Ides of March. What happened … Read More

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